Safari doubles market in 2005
Jonny Evans, Macworld.co.uk
Firefox and Safari have both gained while Internet Explorer has lost market
share in 2005, analysts report. NetApplications notes that 2005 "marks the
return of the browser wars."
Internet Explorer ended 2004 with 90.31 percent of the browser usage market
share, but steadily lost ground throughout 2005, ending the year with 85.05
percent market share. This has compelled Microsoft to announce a new version of
the browser, though not for Macs.
Firefox continues to gather surfers hearts and minds, climbing from 4.64
percent market share in 2004 to "an impressive 9.57 percent" share at the close
Apples Safari browser is also experiencing creditable gains. Usage grew each
month from 1.56 percent at the close of 2004 (which put Apples browser into
fourth place behind Netscape) to 3.07 percent. Safari dethroned the once-mighty
Netscape, claiming third place for the Apple-only web browser in 2005.
Vince Vizzaccaro, executive vice president of marketing and strategic
relationships at NetApplications said: "While any company would be thrilled to
hold Microsofts 85 percent market share, IE can not rest lightly. Netscape
also once owned a huge percentage prior to IEs debut."
Netscape lost market share, shrinking from 2.07 percent at the end of 2004 to
just 1.24 percent at the end of 2005.
The Opera browser ended 2005 with 0.55 percent market share, exactly where it
ended in 2004. Opera has a strong presence on handhelds, and as those devices
start to become more prominent, Opera is well-placed to exploit it.
A new IT vision and mission
Bruce A. Stewart, Computerworld US
Again and again during the past 12 months, Ive had clients tell me that they
are rewriting their IT vision and mission statements. Good! Far too many of
those documents are dispiriting pablum that no one can remember anyway.
Vision statements are about what you want your IT group to be in the future.
They arent about who you are today. They need to be short and memorable and
leave lots of room for each member of the department to make the vision his own
through what he himself does.
Most of the IT vision statements Ive seen lately are still stuck on making the
IT department "utility central". The 1990s were about choosing a strategy:
Would you be operationally efficient (the utility vision),
customer-service-focused or a product innovator? In the 2000s, both business
and IT need to be all three simultaneously.
So, how are those few writers of IT vision statements who arent still stuck on
the utility model addressing the future? Im seeing phrases such as, "We enable
the business we need to be." Look at all the visionary ideas packed into eight
simple words. "Enable" means that technology is not a solution looking for a
problem, but something brought to a dialogue with others to devise a solution.
"Business" points to a stake in the success of the enterprise itself: IT
refusing to accept backroom status. The phrase "we need to be" makes IT a part
of the companys competitive stance. It speaks to ITs integration into the
life of the business, from first idea to delivery, as well as the need for the
IT department to think more in business terms in the way it operates. Two
outcomes of this are an excellent utility for services and excellent customer
service to everyone using those services.
Mission statements, too, are fairly bland in the majority of cases and are
often far too long. Do you remember your current mission statement? (No fair
cheating and looking at the little card attached to your security pass, stuffed
in your wallet or purse, or pinned up in your cubicle.) If you cant remember
it, it isnt doing its job.
If vision statements are about what we want to be, mission statements are about
the paths we take to get there. The mission statement that matched the vision
of "We enable the business we need to be" is "We offer added value through our
skill in technology in every interaction we have." Fourteen words that pack a
"We offer" deals with credibility the business must want to partner with IT
before ITs ideas gain ground. "Added value" is a call to arms: How could we do
anything better, faster and possibly cheaper? "Through our skill in technology"
is a reminder of the unique competence that must be maintained and grown to
deliver that value. "In every interaction we have" says this is the rule, not
the exception, within the IT department as well as with business clients.
The return of the C: prompt?
Erik Larkin, PC World US
Microsoft has big plans for the trusty old C: prompt. For its upcoming Windows
Vista operating system, the company is developing a new command-line interface,
or shell the text-based controls typically accessed by clicking Command Prompt
(under Start Menu, Programs, Accessories) in Windows XP.
Code-named Monad, the new shell will enable a host of new programs known as
scripts something at which rival Unix operating systems have historically
excelled. While these new commands and scripts will interest primarily
administrators and power users, less-technical types may benefit from Monad
scripts that could circulate on the Internet as Unix scripts do. For example, a
Monad script might quickly reorganize files and directories based on their name
or creation date a task that can take a fair bit of manual labor in Windows
A beta version of Monad for Windows XP is available as a free download.
Registration is required, and you will also need to have .Net Framework 2.0
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